Experience the captivating tale of honour, love, and sacrifice in Jenůfa. Set against the backdrop of a close-knit community, this gripping story delves into the stigma surrounding unwed pregnancy.
Jenůfa finds herself in a complex situation, loved by two half-brothers and secretly carrying one of their babies. Left abandoned by her father, she faces the challenges of giving birth with only her stepmother by her side. As the second brother pledges to marry her, tragedy strikes before their wedding.
In a desperate attempt to protect their family’s reputation, Jenůfa’s stepmother commits an unthinkable act, hoping to prevent dishonour and the loneliness of her daughter-in-law. However, when a baby’s body is discovered in the river on the day of the wedding, the devastating truth is revealed to everyone.
This Olivier Award-winning production by ENO, directed by David Alden, brings a contemporary edge to the timeless story, transporting the setting to a 20th-century industrial estate in the Eastern Bloc. With a powerful score by Janáček, conducted by Keri-Lynn Wilson, and a standout cast led by soprano Jennifer Davis as Jenůfa, Susan Bullock as her stepmother Kostelnička, and Richard Trey Smagur making his ENO debut as Laca, this is a must-see production for today’s audiences.